Booksellers NZ Conference Programme

The 2019 Booksellers NZ conference was held at The Rydges Hotel in Auckland on 24-25 August 2019. Saturday 24 August included the Business Meeting Day for publishers and booksellers, and in the evening the Book Industry Awards. Sunday 25 August brought you a fabulous programme of events for booksellers and publishers alike.

2019 details

There is the opportunity to sign in for conference from 4.30pm Friday, 23 August 2019, and meet us for drinks in the foyer from 5.00pm. Please note there will be a Storylines Children's Literature trust event on during the evening of Friday 23 August at the same venue, after the unofficial welcoming drinks.

Day 1 - Saturday 24 August 

7.30am–8.00amPublishers allowed in to set up for meetings 

Registration for Business  Meeting Day

8.30am–4.00pmBusiness meetings (Kingston Room) 

Tea, coffee and light lunch provided as part of registration fee.

Full lunch is available at 'The Cut' if preferred, at a cost of around $30pp to be paid to the hotel directly


Pre-function drinks

Sponsored by Penguin Random House NZ 

6.30–10.00pmNZ Book Industry Awards

Nielsen Publisher of the Year and Nielsen Bookseller of the Year sponsored by Nielsen Book
2017 Book Industry Award winners and judges

Day 2, Sunday 25 August

7.45am–8.15amRegistration for conference and breakaway sessions (Foyer - Kingston)  

Welcome and opening (Kingston Room)

Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board
Lincoln Gould – CEO of Booksellers NZ
Kobo Scholarship
Find out about the Winter Institute 2019 and what booksellers are doing in America (Kingston Room)
Speakers –Pene Whitty, UBS Canterbury
Ruth Bruhin, Poppies Bookshop, New Plymouth

Keynote Address (Kingston Room)
Robbie Egan, Australian Booksellers Association on creating communities within the Australian book industry.

Robbie Egan, Australian Booksellers Association

Introduced by Juliet Blyth – Chair of Booksellers NZ Board 
9.409.55amNielsen BookData & BookScan (Kingston Room)
Find out the sales figures and patterns of books over the past year, and see how your store measures up. 
Speaker – Nevena Nikolic
10.00am10.30am Economy and Retail Environment
Shamubeel Eaqub
Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy. He is also an author, media commentator and a thought-leading public speaker. He has over a decade of experience as an economist in Wellington, Melbourne and Auckland in leading international banks and consultancy. He has published two books in the BWB Text series, Generation Rent: Rethinking New Zealand's Priorities, Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in New Zealand, and collaborated on The New Zealand Economy.
Introduced by Stella Chrysostomou, Deputy Chair of Booksellers NZ, co-owner of Volume Books in Nelson

Morning Tea & Networking

Keynote speaker
Paula Green in conversation with Gem Wilder.

Paula Green MNZM has been recognised by the Queen as well as the Prime Minister as a leading proponent of poetry in New Zealand. While running her blogs NZ Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf, Paula has three titles published in 2019: Groovy Fish, a book of poetry for children from Ahoy!; The Track, through Seraph Press; and Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry, published by Massey University Press.  

Gem Wilder is a Wellington based poet and writer. She has been published in Sport, Turbine | Kapohau, The Spinoff, The Sapling and Is It Bedtime Yet?, and has performed at LitCrawl, The Dowse, Enjoy Gallery, True Stories Told Live, The Watercooler and Kava Club Chop Suey Hui.

Breakaway session 1 
Option 1

Managing HR - Contracts, employment and best practices (Hobson Room)
Simon Lapthorne, Partner
Kiely | Thompson | Caisley


Simon Lapthorne, Partner, Kiely | Thompson | Caisley

Introduced by Louise Ward, Board Member of Booksellers NZ, and co-owner of Wardini Books

Option 2 

Branding and Social Media Engagement (Kingston Room)
Session speakers: Renee Rowland from Twizel Bookshop
Thomas Koed from Volume Books

Renee Rowland, Owner, Twizel Bookshop
Thomas Koed, Co-owner, Volume Books


Lunch and networking


Finding Frances Hodgkins (Kingston Room)
Mary Kisler from Auckland Art Gallery
Sam Elworthy from AUP
Nicola Legat from MUP

Chair: Kiran Dass, Buyer at Time Out Bookstore

Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. She has recently published two books about Frances Hodgkins; Finding Frances Hodgkins, published by Massey University Press, and Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys, with Catherine Hammond, published by Auckland University Press.
Sam Elworthy is Publisher at Auckland University Press
Nicola Legat is Publisher at Massey University Press and Te Papa Press
Breakaway session 2
Option 1 

Events: how to plan, promote and host  (Kingston Room)
Session speakers:
Warwick Delmonte from Paper Plus Masterton
Carole Beu from The Women's Bookshop

Warwick Delmonte works at Paper Plus Masterton.
Carole Beu is owner of The Women's Bookshop in Auckland.

Option 2Growing new customers - how to identify and attract them (Hobson Room)
Speakers: Kit, Scorpio Books
Surinam Reddy, Time Out Bookstore
Kit is the Shop Floor Manager at Scorpio Books, Christchurch
Surinam works at Time Out Bookstore

Afternoon Tea and networking



Green/Eco Business Practices (Kingston Room)
Incorporating sustainability into your business
Carolyn Cox, Greenbusinesshq

Green Business HQ Founder Carolyn Cox is an award-winning Sustainable Business Advisor with over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors. Carolyn’s work in programme development, sustainability strategy and management has won numerous awards both in New Zealand and overseas. With an extensive background in both environmental and business strategy, Carolyn is passionate about providing customised sustainability solutions for businesses and organisations just like yours.

Introduced by Jenna Todd, Board Member, Booksellers NZ, Manager of Time Out Bookstore

3.30–3.55pmCommunity Outreach (Kingston Room)
The Community Hub and the Bookshop: Ensuring you are the beating heart of your community. Whether your outreach is emotionally or intellectually charged, being engaged with your wider community is essential business. Hear from Pene Whitty of Canterbury University Bookshop about reaching out to their Muslim community, Ruth McIntyre of Wellington Children's Bookshop and their new parents' programme, and Bridget Williams about engaging minds and ideas with BWB Talks. This panel discussion will be chaired by Louise Ward of Wardini Books.

Pene Whitty - Manager, University Bookshop Canterbury
Ruth McIntyre - Owner, The Children's Bookshop
Bridget Williams - Publisher, Bridget Williams Books

4.00–4.10pmBooksellers NZ - what's happening and developments (Kingston Room)Lincoln Gould - CEO of Booksellers NZ
Town Hall Session (Kingston Room)
Here’s your chance to raise issues and share your observations and experiences with the Board and other members. 
Juliet Blyth –  Chair of Booksellers NZ Board 
Lincoln Gould – CEO of Booksellers NZ

AGM (Kingston Room)

5:00pm           Close of conference